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the arts | Oct 15th, 2019

Rick Mercer Hosts the Upcoming Just For Laughs Comedy Tour Across the Nation

The last time Rick Mercer hosted the iconic comedy showcase was a whopping 16 years ago. On October 23rd, he will pick the mic up once again, kicking off a cross-country tour starting in NewFoundland and ending in British Columbia.  Last year, Rick Mercer said goodbye to his beloved CBC program... Continue Reading →
the arts | Sep 17th, 2019

Chasing Excellence: Great Big Sea Frontman Alan Doyle Joins The Lavin Agency

What does it take to be a peak performer at the top of your game? That’s something that legendary musician, actor, and author Alan Doyle knows all too well. In talks, he reflects upon his illustrious career in the entertainment industry to show us the secret to excellence. Alan Doyle has sold... Continue Reading →
the arts | Sep 6th, 2019

Pulitzer-Winning David Rhode and Acclaimed Illustrator Molly Crabapple Selected for Prestigious National Fellowship

New America’s National Fellows Class of 2020 includes 15 talented individuals—a combination of writers, educators, filmmakers, artists, doctors, and editors—who will be funded to pursue personal projects. Among them are Lavin speakers David Rohde and Molly Crabapple.   “Every year, we receive... Continue Reading →
the arts | Jul 25th, 2019

Nikole-Hannah Jones Explores the Legacy of Slavery in a New Project with the New York Times

August 20th, 1619 is an important date, but few know its historical significance: on this day, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in Jamestown. Though America did not yet exist, this day marked “the beginning of the system of slavery on which the country was built.” Lavin... Continue Reading →
the arts | Apr 3rd, 2019

New Speaker Wanuri Kahiu is the Acclaimed Filmmaker Shattering Conventional Representations of African Culture Onscreen

“When I present my work somewhere, someone will always ask, ‘How does it deal with real African issues like war, poverty, devastation, AIDS?’ Well, it doesn’t,” says Wanuri Kahiu, whose work, dubbed “AfroBubbleGum” presents a fierce, frivolous, fun Africa. And this is a political act. “Agenda art... Continue Reading →
the arts | Oct 4th, 2018

Titus Kaphar, an Artist Who Explores Race, History and Mass Incarceration, Named a 2018 MacArthur “Genius”

Titus Kaphar’s arresting sculptures, paintings and installations converge on art, history and civic agency, highlighting the lack of representation of people of color in the Western art canon. “I’m asking the viewer to try to piece that whole story together without leaving behind the valuable... Continue Reading →
the arts | May 15th, 2012

Making it in New York City, Then and Now: Patti Smith

If you want to know what it takes for a young artist to “make it” in New York City, look no further than Patti Smith. That's what The Awl did in a recent article: they highlighted eight famous New York women writers working from the 1920s to the ‘70s, traced their paths to success, and showed us how... Continue Reading →
the arts | Apr 2nd, 2012

On CBS Sunday Morning, Patti Smith Discusses Music, Art & Friendship

On CBS Sunday Morning this week, Patti Smith, the legendary songwriter, author, poet, and photographer, discussed her career in an intimate hour-long interview. Smith performed two songs from her new album, Banga, and talked about her 2010 memoir, Just Kids. A bestseller and winner of the National... Continue Reading →